Friday 22 September 2017

McGuinness should tell his story and set record straight to help victim families

Martin McGuinness leaves Stormont Castle following his resignation as Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister. Photo: Getty Images
Martin McGuinness leaves Stormont Castle following his resignation as Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister. Photo: Getty Images

Kathryn Johnston

In June 2000, my husband Liam Clarke - the former 'Belfast Telegraph' political editor who died at the end of 2015 - and I decided to write our unauthorised biography of Martin McGuinness.

We had been commissioned to submit ideas for biographies of leading figures in the peace process. It was no contest who we would go for.

Mr McGuinness is the most fascinating, complex and enigmatic individual to have emerged from the Troubles. But there were hurdles in our way. Republicans as a group aren't best known for sharing information, but Mr McGuinness was noted for being particularly reclusive, private and secretive.

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